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"Hey, you mix potions right? Can you brew me an ale?"
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Alchemy is a skill in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and is one of the six skills that falls under The Thief play-style. Alchemy is the art of combining raw ingredients with matching effects to produce potions and poison. It is one of the three crafting skills in Skyrim, falling under The Thief which translates into Smithing for The Warrior and Enchanting for The Mage. As such it is affected by The Thief Stone and, as with all skills, is affected by The Lover Stone.

MechanicsEdit

Racial bonusesEdit

Bosmer, Breton, Khajiit, and Dunmer gain a +5 boost to Alchemy at the start of the game.

IngredientsEdit

For a list of ingredients and their uses, see Ingredients (Skyrim).
Nirnroot

Nirnroot is an ingredient with many uses.

Ingredients are used to create potions that have specific effects. Each ingredient has four set effects. Each effect is labeled "unknown" until the Dragonborn uses an Alchemy Lab to combine ingredients that share one or more effects. Those shared effects will then be revealed permanently for those ingredients in the future, and one or more relevant potions will be available in the Alchemy Lab menu screen for convenience. The first effect can also be revealed by 'eating' the ingredient, which immediately causes the effect on the player after consumption. All ingredient effects are temporary, and only Jarrin Root is potentially fatal if eaten, making experimenting quite safe. With perks, all four effects can be found by eating a single ingredient.

RecipesEdit

For a list of recipes , see Books (Skyrim)/Recipes.

All alchemy merchants have recipes for sale in their shops. Recipes can also be found as loot. Recipes list ingredients that share a given effect which helps limit the experimentation required to find the effects of each ingredient. However, some of these recipes are inaccurate.

Alchemy LabsEdit

For a list of locations, see Alchemy Lab (Skyrim).
Alchemy Table

Alchemy Table concept art

Brewing potions requires an Alchemy Lab, which can be found in various locations throughout Skyrim, such as alchemy supply shops, private studies, some inns, court wizards' quarters, and can be purchased for player-owned homesHF. When interacting with an Alchemy Lab, the Dragonborn will see a menu. At the top is 'Ingredients', which opens a sub-menu which lists all the ingredients currently in the inventory. Below that is a list of all known effects on all ingredients in the inventory. Each of those open a sub-menu which lists only ingredients that share that effect. When all or part of the chosen ingredients fail to create an effect, attempting to combine the same ingredients again will darken the names of ingredients which were previously proven to produce nothing with the first ingredient selected.

Potions and poisonsEdit

Potions (Skyrim) Load Screen

Various potions and poisons.

For a list of potions and their effects, see Potions (Skyrim).

Potions and poisons, which are confusingly collectively called "potions" sometimes, are items produced as a result of brewing at an Alchemy Lab. In typical parlance, potions affect the Dragonborn. Examples include those that increase the maximum of ("Fortify"), regenerate over time, or instantly replenish stats like Stamina, Magicka, or Health, that increase the magnitude of spells cast, that increase skills like One-Handed or Smithing, or that alter the player with Invisibility. Poisons affect others. Damage Health, Slow, Paralyze, Weakness to Fire, and Lingering Damage Magicka are common examples of a poison's effects. A brewed potion (in the collective sense of the word) always has a name describing its dominant effect. Unlike found potions, which can have alternate names and usually only one effect, brewed potions always have one consistent name, regardless of the number of effects contained. This can lead to some confusion when finding a potion to consume from the inventory. The value of a potion is derived from the number of effects and their magnitude, regardless of the utility of the potion. In fact, some craftable poisons can benefit the enemy, and some craftable potions can harm the Dragonborn. The Alchemy perk Purity removes this possibility for potions crafted in the future. Using a potion involves simply selected it from the inventory, while poisons are applied to weapons such as a sword or a bow by equipping the weapon to be poisoned and then selecting a poison to apply to it.

LevelingEdit

The following actions raise the alchemy skill:

BooksEdit

The following books provide a permanent one-time increase to the player's Alchemy Skill. See each book's page for a list of possible locations.

TrainersEdit

Main article: Trainer (Skyrim)
Trainer Skill Level Location
Lami Adept Morthal
Arcadia Expert Arcadia's Cauldron, Whiterun City
Babette Master Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary or later Dawnstar Sanctuary
Milore Ienth

DB

Expert Raven Rock, Solstheim

QuestsEdit

Completing a quest for an Alchemist merchant allows the Dragonborn to take some of the ingredients on display without it being considered stealing. The following Miscellaneous Quests increase Alchemy or improve the results of Alchemy.

PerksEdit

Alchemy perks tree

Alchemy Perks Tree

The following are the perks that become available to select as the skill is leveled up:

Perk (Ranks) Requirements Description
Alchemist (5) Alchemy 0/ 20/ 40/ 60/ 80 Potions and poisons are 20% / 40% / 60% / 80% / 100% stronger.
Physician Alchemy 20, Alchemist Potions you mix that restore health or stamina are 25% more powerful.
Poisoner Alchemy 30, Physician Poisons you mix are 25% more effective.
Benefactor Alchemy 30, Physician Potions you mix with beneficial effects have an additional 25% greater magnitude.
Experimenter (3) Alchemy 50/ 70/ 90, Benefactor Eating an ingredient reveals first two effects (+1 effect per additional rank).
Concentrated Poison Alchemy 60, Poisoner Poisons applied to weapons last for twice as many hits.
Green Thumb Alchemy 70, Concentrated Poison Two ingredients are gathered from plants (description is misleading - two ingredients or food items are gathered from any static harvest-able object - be it plant, fungi, hanging fish or meat, egg clusters, etc.) Known exception: Nirnroot (has only 1 root).
Snakeblood Alchemy 80, Concentrated Poison, Experimenter 50% resistance to all poisons.
Purity Alchemy 100, Snakeblood All negative effects are removed from created potions while all positive effects are removed from created poisons.

TipsEdit

Main article: Alchemy Tips
For Alchemy leveling strategies, see Alchemy Tips#Leveling.
For armor and weapon improvement strategies, see Alchemy Tips#Enchanting.
For tips on making money with alchemy, see Alchemy Tips#Making Money.

AchievementsEdit

Artificer (Achievement)
Artificer
Make a smithed item, an enchanted item, and a potion
Points 10 Game points
Trophy
Bronze trophy

See alsoEdit

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